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Publisher's Summary

15 thriller masters. 1 masterful thriller.

Former war crimes investigator Harold Middleton possesses a previously unknown score by Frederic Chopin. But he is unaware that, locked within its handwritten notes, lies a secret that now threatens the lives of thousands of Americans. As he races from Poland to America to uncover the mystery of the manuscript, Middleton will be accused of murder, pursued by federal agents, and targeted by assassins. But the greatest threat will come from a shadowy figure out of his past: the man known only as Faust.

The Chopin Manuscript is a unique collaboration by 15 of the world's greatest thriller writers. Jeffery Deaver conceived the characters and set the plot in motion; the other authors each wrote a chapter in turn. Deaver then completed what he started, bringing The Chopin Manuscript to its explosive conclusion.

The Chopin Manuscript was written by:
Jeffery Deaver (Lincoln Rhyme series)
David Hewson (Nic Costa series)
James Grady (Six Days of the Condor)
S. J. Rozan (Bill Smith/Lydia Chin series)
Erica Spindler (Last Known Victim)
John Ramsey Miller (Winter Massey series)
David Corbett (Blood of Paradise)
John Gilstrap (Scott Free)
Joseph Finder (Power Play)
Jim Fusilli (Terry Orr series)
Peter Spiegelman (John March series)
Ralph Pezzullo (Jawbreaker)
Lisa Scottoline (Daddy's Girl)
P.J. Parrish (Louis Kincaid, Joe Frye series)
Lee Child (Jack Reacher series)

© 2007 International Thriller Writers, Inc., Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, David Hewson, James Grady, S. J. Rozan, Erica Spindler, John Ramsey Miller, David Corbett, John Gilstrap, Joseph Finder, Jim Fusilli, Peter Spiegelman, Ralph Pezzullo, Lisa Scottoline, and P. J. Parrish (P) 2007 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2008 Audie Award Winner
    Audiobook of the Year

"Innovative and unique, The Chopin Manuscript, written by masters in the field of thrillers, is far more than the sum of its parts. Here each author shines, blending individual skill and energy, into a riveting, crackling-paced tapestry of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Not to be missed!" (James Rollins, author of The Judas Strain)
"A GREAT story, written by one GREAT author after another, in one GREAT chapter after another. A stellar achievement of collectivity that blows from the starting gate at 100 mph and never slows down. A thrill-a-page from 15 GREAT thriller masters. Don't miss this one." (Steve Berry, author of The Venetian Betrayal)

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Other reviewer Glenda said it for me

If you remember the movie Multiplicity ,this felt kind of like the 4th clone who called everyone Steve... A bunch of my favorite authors who could all have done a better job alone...Didn't want to trash it but could not wait to be done...

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • SAN BERNARDINO, CA, United States
  • 02-14-08

Fun listening experience

This compilation was the first hyper colaboration I've ever read or listened to. I enjoyed every change in the different authors perspective and the way the story wound in non linear tangents. This was a lot of fun to listen to, and well read by Mr. Molina. I'd love to see more works like this in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lloyd
  • Ithaca, NY, USA
  • 12-10-07

convolution at its best

A great premise wasted. By the time Jeffrey Deaver got around to finishing the story, it has taken so many twists and turns that the plot goes from interesting to plausible to "what??". How many double agents and backstabbers can you fit into a 6-hour listen? Lisa Scottoline's chapter was terrible and detracted from the story, but Lee Child tried his best. Alfred Molina's narration was superior and I hope that he makes a career move of this. If you have a "free" credit, go for it, otherwise spend it elsewhere.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • St. Paul, MN, USA
  • 04-21-08

Disappointed

This story sounded like exactly what it was - a bunch of authors trying to hijack the story from one another with every new chapter. The story lacked cohesion throughout, and the listener is alternatly mired in irrelevant backstory or unlikely plot development. All while the main story sits idle and ignored in the corner.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Our first serial mystery

My wife and I listen to our audio books while driving and frequently pause the book to discuss some aspect of what we are hearing. The Chopin Manuscript and it's sequel were so wonderfully outrageous that we would exclaim at the end of each chapter at what that author was passing on to the next one. What delightful writing and narration. You are in for a real treat!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Concept 5, Result 4

The most intriguing aspect of this book is that it was the result of 15 authors, each writing a chapter. Jeffrey Deaver starts and finishes the story and 14 others fill in the chapters. The pace of the story is very rapid as it seems each author must make impact immediately and quickly. There are a lot of characters in the story and I had to concentrate to keep everyone strait. There is not too much character development and characters are introduced and killed off rapidly. The story makes many leaps, especially at the end which doesn't do the story justice.

It is interesting to note the different writing styles for each author. In most cases, you know clearly an author has changed without the announcement of the change.

I was entertained enough by this book to get the next one done in this fashion. A nice 'break' in the writing of these mystery/action novels.

The novel is relatively short as it is completed in just over 5.5 disks - the 6th and 7th disk contain interviews with some of the authors and a couple of short stories by 2 more authors, based on the first paragraph of the Chopin Manuscript.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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disjointed mish mash

I think the concept was interesting, but the story wss very disjointed and not compelling. I found each chapter introduced a new sub plot and character, with a thin connecting thread,and the whole was a mishmash.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bill
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 06-22-08

Naked Came the Chopin Manuscript

The opening mimics the plot of the Da Vinci code, as someone has already mentioned. And, yet another thriller involving the Nazis.

This experiment may have been an interesting challenge for the authors, but it doesn't lead to a more enjoyable book.

It's like watching a trained dog dance on its hind legs. You don't judge the quality of its dancing, you're only amazed that it could be done at all.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Lankyguy
  • New York, NY United States
  • 02-06-08

nothing to see here

A haphazard effort at best. As someone else pointed out, too many hands at the till. Apparently no one was willing to let go of their ego enough to make the story cohesive. This was a good idea but poorly executed. It is a work in need of an editor. Molina's performance was the only bright spot.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • F
  • South Orange, NJ, United States
  • 12-20-07

Worth A Listen

I thought this was a cool idea and I did enjoy listening to it as just a spy type thriller. But what added to the fun was trying to figure out where the various authors were crossing each other up.

It's the kind of book where you expect characters to have hidden agendas - but there are a couple of characters that seem like they were really intended to be good guys that end up being turned into bad guys - or that just get killed off before they fulfill much of a story purpose.

It's not as consistent and polished as it probably would have been with a single author - but on the other hand - it's probably got more exciting reversals than any single author would have had the nerve to include in a single book.



4 of 5 people found this review helpful